title:Time Wasters

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author:Joe Cirillo
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:18

If your days seem shorter it may have nothing to do with Daylight Savings Time and more to do with the “time wasters” that steal your time – minute by minute, hour by hour. Time wasters aren’t necessarily things we do, but rather things we don’t do. Let’s say for example you have a series of file cabinets that on the outside seem neat, but once opened looks as if a Pendaflex bomb went off. Sure in theory you know where the files are, they’re in this stack of file cabinets… somewhere. This is a time waster. By setting up a system for organization you’ll know exactly where to look for this file each time you need it. This won’t just lessen your frustration, it will help give you the momentum you need to organize other areas of your life and get rid of those thieves of time: time wasters.
Research has shown that most people lose up to two productive hours each day. The primary reason: time wasters. Be aware of time wasters that could be secretly stealing your time:

Disorganized closets: how many mornings have you spent digging through your closet trying to find a specific blouse or shirt that seems hidden between a slew of clothes.
Overloaded drawers: are you sure you still need all those socks?
Pack rats: you don’t need to keep everything, seriously you don’t. Get rid of it, sell it, give it away or toss it, but don’t keep it. The general rule of thumb is if you haven’t touched it in six months, you probably don’t need it anyway.

Time is life’s biggest and richest resource, available to all of us daily. It is what we do with it that is important. So often our days are shortened and muddled by the numerous time wasters that we don’t realize are there.
Managing your time more effectively is easy once you’ve identified your own time wasters. With this accomplished, you will have taken the first step to eliminating those time wasters and getting on the path to rewarding yourself with a precious gift – the two hours you have been losing every day.
Start slowly and remember, you gotta have fun doing it; so look out time wasters – this is your time!!

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